Thursday, August 18, 2016

How do they make those fake news websites look real?

I saw this posted by a friend of mine:

Don't visit it because it's fake and I'm not going to send them any traffic.

(Visit for me if you shop at Amazon. Shameless plug.)

The reason it LOOKS real is because .com and .co are legitimate commercial domains.

But there's a trick here.

The domain name is really and abcnews is what's called a machine name, which would direct you in the old early internet days to a specific computer at

Nowadays, that would probably just point to a virtual server or site hosted on such a setup but I digress.

abcnews.COM (without the .co) is redirected to so even THAT isn't used.

What's that you say?

You'll shop at for Amazon purchases and support so I have some income and time to write these articles?

Thank you!


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